Teachers take things in their hands and run for office this year of elections.
For decades, Craig Hoxie said, there is a joke in education that goes like this:
Those who can, teach. And those who can not legislate.
Hoxie, who teaches physical and sports science at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, laughed when he repeated the line. But it's not really funny, he said, because of the true truth behind it.
In the spring, when Hoxie and other teachers across the state came out of Oklahoma's classrooms Better pay, he thought this joke. He once again thought of the 110-mile journey from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, as the teachers rallied in the capital for more money for education. Then he realized: If he wanted things to be different, he had to get involved.
"I am always telling my students that to change things they have to join the revolution," Hoxie said, now in his 19th year of teaching. "And then I was like," Well, I guess I have to drive it. "
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This is how Hoxie, a 49-year-old Democrat without previous political experience, has found himself running for a spokesman for the state of Oklahoma. After winning another trainer in the first June, Hoxie has juggled course design and knocking doors, balanced scoring cards by making lawn signs, all in an effort to halt the Republican establishment Terry O'Donnell.
And it's far from the only educator involved.
Teachers have been updated for months, as a profession in crisis gets public support after a wave of cuts in education. Teachers have been struggling lately.
First, they complained. Earlier this year, teachers held state strikes in West Virginia, Arizona and Oklahoma and rallied in Kentucky, North Carolina and Colorado, closing down some of the larger schools. In September, teachers in about twelve provinces of Washington state left the job as the classes continued, although many soon returned to work.
Teachers now run for political office – in amazing numbers.
Teachers in the poll: 1 out of 4 custody matches
Teachers in high-profile matches include Jahana Hayes, the country's 2016 professor, a Democrat who probably headed to Congress to represent the 5th District of Connecticut. Former chemistry teacher Chrissy Houlahan, who started with Teach for America, is trying to turn the 6th Pennsylvania area into blue. In Wisconsin, lifelong educator Tony Evers assumes Republican establishment Scott Walker in the governor's race after Wower pushed a law that peeled the unions of state teachers. (Walker insists he reformed education in his state, allowing schools to pay good teachers for their value).
"This is a reaction not only for teachers who have no voice, but the fact that we see the national dialogue is away from education," said Houlahan, a veteran of the Air Force who called for teaching "the hardest thing I've ever done, hands down."
"Truth, facts, science – these issues," he added. "If we do not train, we will continue to be a divided nation."
Decisions on money for education are made at the state level, which means that teachers who introduce state-class laws could have profound implications for the classes. According to the National Association of Education, 1,455 teachers run in 6,066 state legislative games on Tuesday. This means that someone with an educational background – from class teachers to support staff in college professors – runs in nearly 1 in 4 state-owned games.
Teachers running for the office are not new, but this scale is unprecedented, said Campbell Scribner, an education historian at the University of Maryland. For example, more than 300 members of the American Teachers' Federation are working for the office – three times the number that ran in 2014 or 2016.
"Americans have always looked at schools to correct social problems," Scribner said. "So teachers are in a unique position to win because people care about schools."
Teachers across the country say they are running for many other reasons.
"We see the impact of the opioid crisis on a daily basis," said Tim Barnsback, a professor of mechanical engineering and a Democrat for the second time in Morganton, North Carolina. Most children in their family are there because of the use of heroin or the use of opioids by their parents. "Teachers are in the fight," he said. "And we're just alive."
When Hayes took the first time in Congress in Connecticut – finally going after a tough, narrow primacy – many told her he could not win because he was a candidate for a subject.
"I certainly wanted to be different," said Hayes. "When you have children in the class who can not learn because they are worried about adult problems because someone has lost their job and now they have to move or have an allergy but can not get an EpiPen because their parents can not reserve these scenarios in the minds of teachers, while others simply see the numbers on a budget. "
"Teachers have a first place in the future and no one asks us what we see and what we need."
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Teaching, a profession usually dominated by women, has a history of politics: Lindon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, was a high school professor before becoming a councilor for Congress and eventually running for office.
But while men tend to use education as a quay, Scribner, a historian of education, said, women often go to elected offices and become leading national voices for education. This is particularly true in many Western states, she added, where women could run for the school board before they can vote.
A former teacher, US Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, participated in the policy after arguing that a pre-school program should not be eliminated from the state budget. When a local lawmaker told her that she could not do anything about it because she was just a "mom in tennis shoes", Murray responded by running and winning positions in the school board, the Washington State Senate, and finally, Member of the Senate. Murray believes teachers are not only making good candidates but also ideal lawmakers because of their extensive context in collaborative learning.
It is also not surprising that so many teachers see the vote.
The appointment of Education Minister Betsy DeVos "woke up the storm," said Murray.
Education Minister Betsy DeVos at the Capitol on 5 June 2018. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP)
"Professors have promised everything for so long, and have seen the devastating effect of cuts in their class. They see the lack of respect public education gets," said Murray. "This has been built for a while."
While most of the thousands of teachers running next week are democrats, about 30 percent of teachers running in state-run legislative races are Republicans. This includes Toni Hasenback, a 7th-grade English teacher at Elgin, Oklahoma. Hasenback ran into service in 2016, losing his prime with 93 votes.
Education, Hasenback said, is "the industry that touches everyone" and is not a party issue.
Oklahoma is in a unique position with nearly 60 teachers running for state office in general elections. During this year, teachers across the state found that political change was the only way to avoid future demonstrations, said Katherine Bishop, vice president of the Oklahoma Teachers' Union.
"There was awakening," the Bishop said. "Teachers always know that they have to raise their hand and voice to make a difference, but now we see that we have to do it outside of school buildings, we have to go to the capital."
Melissa Provenzano, a 14-year-old trainer who works as a Democrat in County 79 in Tulsa, spent the last decade balancing budgets as a high school manager. Every year since 2009, he had to make disastrous cuts. "We're under the bone," he said. Like many educators who perform an office, her campaign is largely staffed by volunteer teachers, as well as by former students.
If any of the 60 Oklahoma candidates win their election, the state law will require them to give up their teaching to serve in the government. That could put the situation "Earlier," says Hoxie. Oklahoma, where the recruitment of teachers is sometimes a challenge, is not equipped to cover all these positions. Hoxie, for example, estimates that he is the only 500-mile trainer who has the right to teach athletic exercise and health science at the international university.
Elsewhere the teacher makes plans with long subconscious.
If Christine Marsh, Arizona's professor of the Year 2016, and a Candidate for State Senate, gains a post in Phoenix, her supervisor on the student day of teaching plans to get out of retirement and take her lessons at the during the legislative session.
Marsh finds the number of teachers involved in the office. But if it's honest, it's also a bit disappointing.
"In an ideal world, politicians will take care of our businesses and our students will be valued," he said. "We should be able to close our doors and teach, but that is not the case, so we need to get ahead."
Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, having many teachers in the poll, it turns out that "normal people have a place in the government," said Hayes, Congress congressional candidate. Going forward, they could aim higher, as they have always told their students to do.
"We have proved that we can fight and believe we will win," said Hoxie. "And someday, perhaps within 10 years, we will put a teacher in the White House."
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